Trooping the Colour
 
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Trooping the Colour
 
is
 
a
military
parade
 
which
goes back
 
to
 
the
17th Century.
 
The
guards
 
who
take part
in
 
the
parade
 
 
are
 
like
 
the
Queen's
bodyguards
or
personal
troops.
'Colours'
was
 
the
name
given
to
 
the
flags
 
representing
 
the
different
regiments
in
 
the
British
Army.
 
The
flags
all
looked
different,
 
 
depending
 
on
 
the
colours
 
and
symbols
 
of
each
regiment.
 
The
army
used
 
these
flags
so
 
that
soldiers
 
could
see
their
unit
on
 
the
battle
field.
The Trooping the Colour Parade
 
officially
begins
 
when
 
the
Queen
leaves
Buckingham Palace
in
 
a
carriage.
 
She
travels
down
 
the
 
Mall
in front
 
of
crowds
 
towards
 
Horse
 
Guards
 
Parade
at
 
Whitehall.
 
There,
she
 
is
greeted
 
by
 
a
royal
salute
 
from
 
the
soldiers
on
parade,
before
inspecting
 
the
troops.
The Queen
then
leads
 
the
troops
 
back
down
 
the
 
Mall
to
Buckingham Palace
 
for
 
a
second
salute
Then
she
 
is
joined
 
by
other
members
 
 
of
 
the
Royal
family
on
 
the
balcony
 
of
Buckingham Palace.